Thursday, February 14, 2013

Big Gov’s War on Religion Backfires; Congress approves funding to houses of worship damaged during SUPERSTORM SANDY.


Torah scrolls stretched across chairs following superstorm Sandy's destruction of the Temple Israel synagogue in Long Beach
Torah scrolls stretched across chairs following superstorm Sandy's destruction of the Temple Israel synagogue in Long Beach
The gutted sanctuary of West End Temple in Neponsit, N.Y. The square inner frame structure is used to hold Torah scrolls. RNS photo courtesy Solange De Santis.
The gutted sanctuary of West End Temple in Neponsit, N.Y. The square inner frame structure is used to hold Torah scrolls. RNS photo courtesy Solange De Santis.
No shame to the game of Progressives and their war again religious institutions.  
"By a vote of 354-72, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to clarify that houses of worship are ‘eligible for certain disaster relief and emergency assistance on terms equal to other eligible private nonprofit facilities, and for other purposes.’
The bill was passed in response to FEMA’s decision to deny aid approved by Congress in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to damaged houses of worship, claiming such aid would violate the Establishment clause of the Constitution.
According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which provided Congress with a legal analysis of the proper role of the Establishment Clause in disaster funding, more than 200 churches and synagogues, destroyed or damaged by the storm, were being discriminated against by FEMA; other nonprofits, such as zoos and museums, were granted aid…."    

West End Temple Damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  Image courtesy of the Jewish Week.
Presbyterian Church USA damaged by Sandy
Presbyterian Church USA damaged by Sandy
"… The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is the leading religious liberty law firm, dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of all faiths.  The Becket Fund’s legal analysis explains that:
1) neutral funding is consistent with case law;
2) neutral funding is consistent with the federal government’s past and present practices; and
3) neutral funding is consistent with formal advice given by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel; and
4) discrimination against churches in the provision of a neutral funding program expressed hostility to religion and does raise Establishment Clause problems
‘Fixing the local zoo and the local museum, but categorically refusing to help the local synagogue is blatant discrimination,’ added Blomberg…."    

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When tragedy strikes, it is the churches and the synagogues that rally in their communities coming to the aid of the people.  Thus, if during these times, these institutions suffer damages and the aid from the people living within said communities are limited, I do not object to my taxpayer dollars coming to the rescue.
However, I vehemently object to government and the Marxist elites using my taxpayer dollars for their own agenda, an agenda that stands in opposition to what this nation stands for beginning with Obama's renewable energy plan which is nothing more than a money grab, proven failure and scam.
A steeple was ripped from a church in Rockaway during Hurricane Sandy
A steeple was ripped from a church in Rockaway during Hurricane Sandy

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